Appearance The Rhodesian Ridgeback, sometimes referred to as the African Lion Hound, is the only recognized breed originating in South Africa. Unique in having a ridge of hair in the shape of a dagger on his back, he is said to have descended from native ridged dogs known in South Africa since the 16th century.
Temperament This breed has a strong prey drive and is known to chase, and even kill, small animals — including the neighbourhood cat. Therefore, care should always be taken to ensure that he is kept leashed and/or in an enclosed area.
The Ridgeback is a dignified and even-tempered dog, extremely tolerant and an excellent companion for children. Generally reserved with strangers, he is a strong protector of the home. He is muscular and active, capable of great endurance and a fair amount of speed.
History When the breed was imported to Rhodesia, big game hunters found the Ridgebacks to be excellent hunters and used them to hunt lions. In North America, the Ridgebacks' hunting talent of being able to corner their prey has been used to hunt bobcat, mountain lion, bear, coyote, deer, wild boar and raccoon.
Health The life expectancy of the Rhodesian Ridgeback is around 12 years, and there are a number of health problems to look out for with this breed. This includes thyroid problems, cancer, cataracts, deafness, HD, dermoid sinus, and bloat. The parents of the Rhodesian Ridgeback puppy should have OFA and CERF certificates.
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Rhodesian Ridgeback Club of the United States
Rhodesian Ridgeback Club of Canada
Rhodesian Ridgeback Club of South Australia
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